Tim Hart reports, “Hutchesons’ Grammar School (‘HGS’) have won the west regional qualifying tournament in the CityLets National Secondary Schools Cup – with a victory over Eastwood High School (‘EHS’), at National Finals Day. With the west region having had the greatest number of competing schools through the country, the region was awarded a second spot at Finals Day, at New Williamfield (Stirling County CC), on Tuesday the 19th of June.
“In the match between EHS and HGS, EHS batted first and, despite being 19 for 1 off four overs, they could only score 47 for 7 off their overs. The change bowlers for HGS all bowled very effectively – with Nikhil Koteeswaran (4-1-7-2) and Mubeen Shah (4-2-5-3) particularly impressing, as did wicket-keeper Owen Gould who took three stumpings and a catch. In reply, the slow match run-rate continued as the EHS bowlers bowled with similar control to their HGS counterparts. Rafay Khan (4-1-9-2) struck twice early on too – but it wouldn’t prove to be enough as Hassaan Mehmood and Gould saw their side home, with 13* and 10* respectively. HGS 48 for 3 (14.5 overs).
“Congratulations to HGS who have won the west regional qualifying tournament and who now play Dollar Academy in the National Final.”
Tim Hart reports, “Monday 11 June saw the High School of Glasgow (‘HSoG’) junior cchool host Eastwood High School (‘EHS’) in the regional semi-final of the Cricket Scotland National Secondary Schools (S1 to S3) Cup. Batting first, EHS scored 183 for 3 in twenty overs – their innings being set up by a 100-run opening partnership between Safwan Aamir and Rafay Khan. Khan would top score with 76 and Aamir made 60. In reply, early wickets meant that EHS were always in full control – and HSoG would go on to finish 66 all out, with Arayman Tyagi taking 3 for 7 from his four overs.
“The result means that EHS now join Hutchesons’ Grammar School in the west regional final. However, a change to the plans nationally has resulted in both schools being invited to participate at Finals Day, on Tuesday 19 June 2018, at Stirling County CC. Good luck to both schools as they represent the west region.”
Tim Hart writes, “It was yet another glorious day, as Hutchesons’ Grammar School (“HGS”) played host to Belmont Academy in the Cricket Scotland National Secondary Schools Cup (for years S1 to S3) . Batting first, at a sun-drenched Titwood (Clydesdale CC), HGS scored 136 for 3 from their twenty overs – with Nikhil Koteeswaran top scoring with 61*.
“In reply, Belmont were always a little behind the required rate after the third over of the innings was a double-wicket maiden from Zakki Tariq. Despite 39* from Finn Turner, Mobeen Shah’s 3 for 11 then ensured that Belmont could only finish 94 for 5. HGS now progress to the west regional final.”
Tim Hart reports, “Thursday, 24 May saw Titwood (Clydesdale CC) host the west regional qualifying event in the Cricket Factory BIG Blast!. The competition featured six schools, 56 players and fifteen matches. The round-robin format saw Belmont Academy (Ayrshire) emerge as the festival winners (having previously won the Ayrshire regional qualifying event!), with Holyrood Secondary School (Glasgow) finishing as runners-up. Congratulations to both schools who will now go on to represent the west region at National Finals Day, in Perth, in late June.
“As always, a big thanks must also go to Clydesdale CC groundsman Cyril McLatchie for his help with having the ground looking in such good condition and to the teachers (and older school pupils) who helped out with umpiring and scoring on the day.”
Tim Hart writes, “Wednesday the 23rd of May saw two regional qualifying events take place in the ScotRail National Primary Schools Cup. At Bothwell Castle Policies (Uddingston CC), pictured below, left, St. John the Baptist Primary School won the Lanarkshire Qualifying Event.
“Meanwhile, at Titwood (Clydesdale CC), pictured below, right, The High School of Glasgow junior school were winning the west region qualifying event. Congratulations to both schools on winning their respective qualifying events and on qualifying for national Finals Day, in Perth, in late June. However, the most pleasing factor was that 8 schools were represented by a total of 90 pupils, who played thirteen matches, had lots of fun and enjoyed a day of cricket in glorious sunshine!”
Tim Hart writes, “Holyrood Secondary School hosted Belmont Academy in the latest match in the Cricket Scotland National Secondary Schools Cup. Batting first, at Titwood (Clydesdale CC), it was the visitors from Ayrshire who posted a big total – their 170 for 2 being spearheaded by a fantastic 88* from Finn Turner, with a good supporting 39* from Nari Bhandari. In reply, Holyrood Secondary School’s chase was hindered by Callum McCormack taking 4 for 12 from his four overs. Holyrood Secondary School would finish on 113 for 8. Belmont Academy’s next round tie will see them travel to Titwood again – to play Hutchesons’ Grammar School.”
Tim Hart writes, “Tuesday the 15th of May saw Cambusdoon (Ayr CC) host the Ayrshire qualifying tournament in the Cricket Factory BIG Blast! The inaugural Ayrshire event saw 86 pupils, from five schools, come together to compete in an eleven-team competition. There was a round-robin phase, followed by one round of placement matches. In total, 30 modified format matches took place on a glorious summer day! The final saw the two group stage winners (who had both come through the group stage undefeated) compete to see who would go on to represent Ayrshire in next week’s west regional qualifying competition. It was a team from Belmont Academy who prevailed over a team from Kyle Academy – with the margin of victory being just 11 runs.
“Overall, the day was a great success – and special thanks must go to Ayr CC for hosting, to all staff and volunteers who helped on the day and to all 86 participants (from Belmont Academy, Kyle Academy, Marr College, Prestwick Academy and St. Matthew’s Academy) who contributed to a fantastic event.”
Tim Hart reports, “Despite the weather, Hutchesons’ Grammar School (‘HGS’) and Kelvinside Academy (‘KA’) somewhat remarkably managed to complete their quarter-final tie in the CityLets national Secondary Schools Cup (for players in S1 to S3). Played at Auldhouse in Thornliebank in Glasgow (pictured below), on the artificial wicket, KA batted first and scored 38 for 7 off their fourteen overs. In reply, an older and more experienced HGS team made quick work of the chase – reaching 39, for the loss of one wicket, in 7.3 overs. However, huge congratulations must go to both sets of players, and the umpires, for battling through the steady drizzle to get the match completed! HGS will now be at home to winners of the Holyrood Secondary School versus Belmont Academy match in the first semi-final.”
Tim Hart writes, “The first tie has been completed in the west regional qualifying section in the CityLets National Secondary Schools Cup. The tie saw Wallace Hall Academy (Dumfries) host the High School of Glasgow (‘HSoG’). Batting first, the hosts were bowled out for 40, in the fifteenth over, with John Greene taking 3 for 1. In reply, The HSoG got to their target for the loss of one wicket, in the fifth over. The HSoG will once again be ‘on the road’, as they prepare to travel to the winners of the match between The Glasgow Academy and Eastwood High School.”
Tim Hart writes, “Cricket Scotland is delighted to be able to release the draw for the west regional qualifying tournament in the 2018 CityLets National Secondary Schools Cup. The tournament will see eight schools compete in a series of knockout fixtures, with the winning school going on to represent the west at National Finals Day, in June. The draw is available online here. Good luck to all eight schools who are participating.”